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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1970-02-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1970-02-08

Topics Live concert

Smokestack Lightning, Morning Dew, Dire Wolf, Me & My Uncle, Sitting On Top Of The World, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, It Hurts Me Too, Seasons, The Race is On, Big Boss Man, Black Peter, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Saint Stephen-> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard and Audience composite
Lineage see notes
Taped by
Transferred by Andy Lemieux, Sean Cribbs, JCotsman


1. AUD>MC>R>PCM>D>CD>EAC>SHN: most of first disc and up to 18:04 of Dark Star
2. SBD>MR>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN: starts at 22:30 of Dark Star and continues through 14:50 of Lovelight
3. SBD>MR>D>CD>EAC>SHN (?): Smokestack & SOTOTW
4. SBD>MR>?>C>CD>EAC>SHN: from 14:50 in Lovelight to end
5. AUD>??>CD>EAC>SHN: patches 18:04 to 22:30 of Dark Star

--there is some minor buzzing during Morning Dew and Dire Wolf
--Feelin' Groovy Jam at 22:37 in Dark Star
--large dropout fixed in Dark Star SBD portion
--dropout at 4:48 in Lovelight
--starting at 23:48 in Lovelight, there is a theme resembling Love Is All Around by The Troggs, whether by intention or coincidence
--Sound Forge was used for minor pitch corrections for AUD portions


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2016
Subject: Graham the jokester

The last of five days in San Fran (four of them at the Fillmore West) of which four have been (partially) officially released . Bill Graham jokes about the New Orleans bust and gives Jer a copy of the single (or photo jacket) by" rel="nofollow">Michael James Brody. Bluesman Taj Mahal was followed by one long Dead set. One of a handful of shows I would argue needs a proper release for the middle section (which they apparently have in the vault).

Smokestack goes straight into the jam and, though always nice, this version is a bit vampish (next week's was much better). There were only 5 in '70, but TC had just left the band so they needed some Pig filler. Morning Dew & Dire Wolf are good performances hindered today by poor sources. There were only 6 versions of Sitting On Top of the World in '70 and this may be the best. If you can get past the quality, the same can be said for China Cat>Rider. Hopefully it will get released as it's up there with 1/18 & 2/13, maybe better than 6/24 and 10/04. Dark Star is average '70 (there are so many, you can be choosy). The Saint Stephen sandwich with Not Fade is great fun. Between 4min and 6min into the latter Jer seriously digs in. Some sections of the 35min Love Light are good but most are you-had-to-be-there.
Grade = B-   /  3 ½ Stars
Sitting On Top of the World - No longer a set standard by '70 yet played great
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider - shines through tinniness
Not Fade Away - bookended by two short Stephens

SOURCES: The cotsman composite is the best , compiling best available sources, though the balance is way off in places and you need the cousinit AUD for the 4 middle songs (for the AUDs, playback in mono with some EQ works better). From the end of Dark Star on is SBD. Smokestack and Sitting are bonus tracks on Bear's Choice.
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2016
This is the ULTIMATE recorded Smokestack Lightning
and it comes during a year when it was not performed often.

Love PIG'S harp on the front end.

My Premise-Smokestack is rare-

DATA- Every Time Played 1970:
Known Sample-139 Shows

Hard to Handle-39
Easy Wind -25
Katie Mae-12
King Bee-9
Smokestack Lightning-4

There are NOT many unknown dates in 1970
You have an adequate statistical sample.

So when I say Smokestack was rare
it certainly was in 1970.


"Let your Smokestack burn"

This review and the 5 star
is for just the Smokestack Lightning!
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2013
Subject: --
Actually really good, but the recording is a bit tinny & phased.
Reviewer: reviewr - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2012
Subject: Smokestack
Great Smokestack Lightning! Nice Sitting On Top, Dark Star> St. Steven> Not Fade> St. Steven> Lovelight (short Tighten Up jam). Rest fair for era.
Significant sound problems.
Reviewer: whitelightning66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2010
Subject: San Francisco 2/8/70
This is one of the first Grateful Dead shows I listened to and it still remains a subtle display of just how powerful the band is. Though it is not epic in size and the sound quality is not super clean, it makes up for it in how real the songs are played. The Smokestack on here makes you feel like your riding a train, the Morning Dew is absolutely gorgeous with the effects working perfectly with the definition of the song, Jerry chiming in with Bobby on the high part in China Cat, Top Of The World sounding so good you really feel on top of the world. And that's just the first set. The second set features one of the best Hurt Me Too's, followed by a Dark Star so majestic crashing into that way far out middle part, a really solid St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > St. Stephen and a massive Lovelight to finish the show off proper. Thanks to the providers of this wonderful show!
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2009
Subject: Best ever Smokestack...
Smokeyest Smokestack Lightning ever!

Thats it...
Reviewer: wtp024 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 5, 2009
Subject: not bad!
nice st. stephen - nfa - st. stephen, and the lovelight is unique from the ones up to this date.
Reviewer: yippierb - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2005
Subject: aaarrgghhhh
any show that opens with Smokestack is alright with me.....
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2005
Subject: SBD snob
I'm cherry-picking the SBD stuff off of this one, although I'm taking the entire Lovelight. The audience source is really quite good throughout. This is far from a mediocre show! The band is hot, and when they start cooking in Lovelight...just listen to the interplay between Garcia and Weir(in the SBD section). It doesn't get any better than this. If a complete/pristine copy exists, I'd nominate it for a DP release, and run right out and buy it. I'll have to give this 3 stars overall, but the 2nd set really rates 5. Stream it, and you decide.
Reviewer: jbphburg - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 24, 2005
Subject: Good sound, good performance
Surprised I'm the first review, but i think people sometimes pass over a show that hasn't been reviewed.
Well the sound quality is better than average or thereabouts, good all around mix save for the drums which are a bit low, but not too badly.
Worth a listen and maybe the download, but in a great year just average.
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